Unethical retinal transplant with fetal cells boosts vision — but at what cost? (This will make you sick)

Bioethics, Health Headlines
  The BBC is reporting that an experimental transplant of fetal cells into the eyes of patients with failing sight improved vision in most of them. The retinal cells, taken from aborted fetuses, were implanted  into 10 people with retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. The American Journal of Ophthalmology study found seven had better - although still seriously impaired - vision. My Take? (more…)
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Why time off is time well spent for your health

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
USA Today columnist, Kim Painter, writes today about "Vacation deprivation," as it has been dubbed by Expedia.com. The phenomena has been spreading for years as Americans' vacations get shorter or are skipped entirely. But this year's high travel costs, flying hassles and spooky economy may be creating a "perfect storm" that keeps people hunkered down as never before. Believe it or not, this may negatively impact your health. My Take? (more…)
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Make Family Vacations A Healthy Memory

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
A recent news story, Why time off is time well spent for your health, emphasized the health benefits of a frequent, restful vacations. The story reminded me of this section of my book God’s Design for the Highly Healthy Child. I hope you’ll enjoy and apply this information: (more…)
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Recommendations for Milk for Babies Changed

Children's Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
WebMD Health News is reporting on a major change in baby nutrition advice that’s gone nearly unnoticed. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its recommendation that weaned babies be fed whole milk until they're 2 years old. Instead, after weaning, kids at risk of being overweight -- or whose families have a history of obesity, heart disease, or high cholesterol -- should get reduced-fat 2% milk between 12 months and 2 years of age. My Take? (more…)
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Vitamin D tests soar as deficiency, diseases linked

Cancer, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
USA Today is reporting that testing for vitamin D levels, once uncommon, has skyrocketed as medical studies raise awareness about vitamin D deficiencies. Physicians agree that they're increasingly using the blood test to find out whether their patients are low on the vital vitamin. My Take? (more…)
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Podcast 7-12-08

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[display_podcast] Dr Walt Larimore on "Central Florida's Morning News with Jim Turner" NewsTalk 580 WDBO Orlando Listen live Wednesday mornings at 8:45 at www.WDBO.com
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Doctors and Families Asked to “Just Say no to New Aborted Fetal Vaccine!”

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
LifeSiteNews.com is reporting that a pro-life group, Children of God for Life, is calling on the Medical Profession to "just say no" to the newly US licensed aborted fetal vaccine, Pentacel, made by Sanofi Pasteur. On June 26th the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the vaccine be added to the immunization schedule for children, despite the fact that moral alternatives have been used in the US for years. My Take? (more…)
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Vaccine Myth #13: Vaccinations are made from aborted babies

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
This is the end of my 13-week series on Vaccine Myths. I hope the series has been helpful to you. Today, I'd like to address the fact that some people have questioned whether the use of fetal cells in the production of vaccines is moral and ethical. This question is timely due to a news story just out: Doctors and Families Asked to "Just Say no to New Aborted Fetal Vaccine!" (more…)
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Fringe Autism Treatment Could Get Federal Study

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
The Associated Press is reporting that the NIH is being pressured by desperate parents who are pushing them to test an unproven treatment on autistic children, a move some scientists see as an unethical experiment in voodoo medicine. The treatment removes heavy metals from the body and is based on the fringe theory that mercury in vaccines triggers autism — a theory never proved and rejected by mainstream science. Mercury hasn't been in childhood vaccines since 2001, except for certain flu shots. My Take? (more…)
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Turn off TV during meals or kids may get fat: study

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Reuters is reporting a study of childhood obesity in which University of Toronto nutritionist Harvey Anderson found that kids who watched TV while eating lunch took in 228 extra calories than those who ate without the television on. "One of Anderson's conclusions is that eating while watching television overrides our ability to know when to stop eating," the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which funded the study, said on Tuesday. My Take? (more…)
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Slow eating trims calorie intake: study

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
Reuters Health is reporting a study in which researchers found that when they had 30 young women eat a lunch of pasta, tomatoes, and cheese, the diners consumed an average of 70 fewer calories when they ate the meal slowly and chewed the food thoroughly. The findings give scientific support to a long recommended weight-control tactic, the researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  My Take? (more…)
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HPV Vaccine (Gardasil) – 18 Dead, Thousands Suffer Complications

Bioethics, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting, Woman's Health
The public interest group Judicial Watch recently obtained more than 8,000 reports, under the US Freedom of Information law, of adverse events in girls and young women after they were injected with the HPV vaccine Gardasil. The reports reveal everything from massive wart outbreaks to seizures, paralysis and death. Ten deaths have been reported since September 2007, bringing the total to 18 since the vaccine was approved for use in 2006. In this year there have been 140 reported "serious" complications, 27 of which were categorized as "life-threatening," as well as ten spontaneous abortions and six cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a very rare (1 in 100,000 in a healthy population) immune response to foreign antigens such as infectious agents or vaccines, that paralyzes the afflicted person. My Take? (more…)
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Antibiotics can harm tendons, FDA warns

General Health, Health Headlines, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Reuters is reporting that a class of antibiotic drugs, known as fluoroquinolones, will be getting a black box warning from the FDA about the risk of tendonitis and ruptured tendons. Drugs in this class include Cipro, Avelox, Proquin XR, Levaquin, Floxin, and Noroxin. Cipro is sold by various generic makers as ciprofloxacin and Floxin is sold generically as ofloxacin. My Take? (more…)
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Not only does the Birth Control Pill not work as well as advertised — it may cause abortions

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
According to a column in TownHall.com, the advocates of contraception have finally admitted in public what some of us have known for a while: The Pill doesn't work very well.  Professor James Trussell of Princeton, one of the world experts on failure rates of various forms of contraception, told a conference in the UK, “(on average) one in 12 women taking the Pill get pregnant each year because they miss so many tablets.” In other words, over 8% of women taking the pill gets pregnant each year. Worse yet, some may be aborting an unrecognized pregnancy and not even knowing it. My Take? (more…)
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New Guidelines on Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy

Health Headlines, Heart Health, Woman's Health
MedScape is reporting that the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has updated its guidelines on postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT) and issued a position statement published in the July/August issue of Menopause. Recent data suggest that the benefit-risk ratio for HT is favorable near menopause but decreases with aging and time since menopause in previously untreated women. My Take? (more…)
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Pomegranate Ranked Healthiest Fruit Juice

Alternative Medicine, Cancer, General Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health
CBS News is featuring a report from Health magazine reporting on a UCLA study which lists the ten healthiest fruit juices. The study took into account the antioxidant levels of the juices. Pomegranate was judged the healthiest of the fruit juices because it contains the most of every type of antioxidant. It wins in all categories. And it's thought that it might do some very good things; it may protect against some cancers, such as prostate cancer. It might also modify heart disease risk factors, and it could be healthy for your heart. So pomegranate was the clear winner. My Take? (more…)
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Tai chi helps older adults get good night’s sleep

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines
Reuters Health is reporting a study in the journal Sleep that found that regular practice of tai chi, a Westernized version of the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi, can help older people rest easier at night. Nearly two-thirds of people who learned the slow, gentle tai chi moves experienced significant improvements in sleep quality, compared to about one-third of those who participated in health education sessions that included information on how to get a better night's rest. My Take? (more…)
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